Welcome to Great American Alpacas... These gentle animals are members of the camelid family, indigenous to South America. All alpacas are raised for its soft fleece. The animals a sheared once a year, yields 3 to 5 pounds.
There are two different breed-types of alpacas: the huacaya (wah-KI'-ya), with fluffy, crimped fleece, and the suri (surrey), with the dread-lock fiber, which hangs down in gentle, silky cascades. Alpacas are much smaller than camels and llamas, their camelid cousins. They stand about three feet tall at their shoulders, and can weigh between 100 and 200 pounds.
Alpacas require only modest amounts of food, and need access to fresh water, and free-choice minerals. Most graze on grasses, eat about 1 to 2% of their body weight in hay per day. Some owners also supplement their animals diets with additional grains.
Benefits... Lisa and I have learned that the alpacas are a wonderful addition to our "family",are a
calming influence and provide a resource that can be enjoyed by so many. It has improved
our tax burden and provided an income; although not on a large scale, that works for us.
We have also learned how important it is to learn as much as we can from those with the
same or differing opinions that have experiences and expertise that have gone before us.
Lastly, Lisa has learned not to stop and admire the snakes, but to dash from them!
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